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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

His views on Government, Economics and Human Nature

Jefferson and Foreign Relations

On Women, Blacks and Opportunity

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Born into a family of wealth

He represents the Republicans party, they are strict constructionists and supporters of state governments

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Jeffersons View on Government

Jeffersons View on Government

Strong supporter of states rights

He had witnessed the abuses of European kings

Jefferson believes that state governments represent the people better

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An Agrarian Economy

An Agrarian Economy

He believes that we should be a nation of farmers

Farmers are less likely to be corrupt and self-serving like merchants and businessmen

Farmers are tied to the land and self sufficient

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View on Human Nature

View on Human Nature

Believed that the people as long as they were educated could be trusted with power

The citizen according to Jefferson was the bastion of democracy

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Thoughts on Foreign Relations

Thoughts on Foreign Relations

Supported the French Revolution because it was a revolt of the poor class against the monarchy and the elites

The Revolution turns bloody but Republicans still support it

These actions horrified the Washington Presidency

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The French Revolution

The French Revolution

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The French Revolution

The French Revolution

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Views on Opportunity

Views on Opportunity

He struggled with the pure thought of politically equality

Women he believed were too innocent, blacks weak minded and Indians were a hindrance to progress

Only white males participate in government

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